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Professional Staff


Ron Cheney, President, CPO (e)

Ron Cheney, CPO (e) and president of American Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc., began his career shortly after graduating from high school when he was presented with two job opportunities, both involving creating products from wood. One was in cabinetry, and the other in prosthetics. By choosing prosthetics, Ron’s career has enabled him to provide a service that would help people improve their quality of life. From early on, Ron had commitment to the company and his patients, learning not only savvy business strategies to build APO into a strong company with a top-shelf professional staff, but continuing his own education in the profession. Ron is certified by the American Board for Certification in Prosthetics & Orthotics. Ron started his career at the Winkley Artificial Limb Co. in 1958. In the mid-1960s, the company was separated from Winkley and renamed American Prosthetics, Inc. Ron and three colleagues purchased American Prosthetics, Inc. in 1972. Ron acquired the entire firm in 1988. That purchase resulted in a total of eight offices in Iowa and one in Moline, Ill. It was renamed American Prosthetics & Orthotics in the 1990s to reflect its comprehensive services. The firm employs two generations of the family, too. Son Rod Cheney, CPO, is executive vice president of APO. His son Brent Cheney, CO, is APO’s Director of Material Management. Ron’s wife, Rikki, is Director of Internal Affairs. “I believe that if he had taken his job offer at a cabinet store, he’d own his own furniture business,” said Rod. “His work ethic and savvy would have propelled him to success no matter what path he had chosen.”

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Andy Besser, CPO, LPO, Davenport Branch Manager

Andy Besser, CPO, LPO, is Davenport Branch Manager for APO. Andy joined the firm as a prosthetics technician after graduating from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in biology. He completed the orthotics and prosthetics programs at Northwestern University, serving his residencies in both at APO. He is ABC-certified in both fields and is C-Leg certified. Andy manages clinic operations and staff, as well as sees patients. Andy and his wife, Kathie, reside in Davenport with their children, Alexa, Graham, and Kate.

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Michael Hatfield, CPed, LO

Michael Hatfield, CPed, LO, is an ABC-Certified pedorthist in the Des Moines office. He joined the APO team in 1999 as an orthotic technician. Michael received his pedorthic training from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia. He is an active member of Adaptive Sports Iowa and participates regularly in that group’s wheelchair basketball and cycling activities. He has ridden in the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) every year since July 2012. He is married to Mary Ann and the couple resides in Des Moines with their son, Preston, and their dog.

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Ken Kesselring, CFO, LO

Ken Kesselring, CFO, LO, is an orthotic fitter and has worked at APO since 1980. Ken worked for several years in central fabrication. He has been casting and fitting patients and has been involved with two diabetic foot studies at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics office since the early 1990s. Ken’s wife, Karen, has worked at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City for 50 years. Ken and Karen are natives of Iowa City, and live just south of Riverside, Iowa. They are parents of four adult daughters and have seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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